Commissioner Rebeca Sosa welcomed the first Miami-Dade County Hospital Governance Taskforce meeting held on Monday, March 28, 2011 at the Beacon Council. The historic meeting brought together 20 of the best and brightest minds in the healthcare industry in order to address the insurmountable problems facing Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The Taskforce, created as a result of a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, is charged with studying and reporting on alternative governance models for operating Jackson’s Public Health Trust. They will advise the Board of County Commissioners as to what alternative hospital governance models exist across the nation, which may benefit and provide the changes needed to solve Jackson’s current struggles.
Commissioner Sosa stated in her opening remarks that she believes it is crucial to have a much broader perspective in governance models and to have the opportunity to consider any possible long-term solutions for Jackson. Commissioner Sosa is hopeful that this taskforce will be able to advise the Miami-Dade Commission on how to best address Jackson’s difficulties and financial woes.
“We’re looking at a domino effect if we allow our safety net hospital to continue a downward spiral,” said Commissioner Sosa. “If the Jackson Memorial Hospital is forced to reduce the number of indigent patients it treats, this will trickle down and overwhelm private hospitals as well. The County needs to look at other models across the country for solutions in addressing the financial hardships facing Jackson.”
For more information, please contact Commissioner Sosa’s office at 305-267-6377.